Department of Agriculture. Forest Service. Division of State and Private Forestry. Fire and Aviation Management Staff. (1986)
ARC Identifier 13496 / Local Identifier 95.198 1966
An account of the Plains Indians and their buffalo culture, from the pre-horse period through the time of the mountain men, the hide hunters, and the decimation of the herds. Concludes with the Thost Dance craze and the tragic episode of Wounded Knee.
May 21, 2018 Subject:
Should be required viewing......
A lot of people look at history through a Eurocentric eye, but it is refreshing, and poignant to say the least, to see the history of the Western native peoples from their point of view.
I realize that Native Americans, Indians, have their own history of warfare, and that they were capable of great violence against rival tribes of their own, but I weep at what we have lost, and what we could have lost, with the wholesale slaughter of the modern bison, and by proxy, the native peoples of America in the West.
Though he played a role in the near extinction of the buffalo, William Temple Hornaday became their advocate as it were, and helped save the few remaining bison of his day.
Things have come full circle, thankfully, and some Sioux have begun raising and becoming stewards of their ancestral source of food and social traditions. I know none of this will ever undo the destruction of the "civilization" of the American west, but at least something of this beautiful culture has survived, and it needs to be preserved, if not guarded jealously. Films like this hopefully will educate all people, and we can avoid making the same mistakes that almost made a species of animal extinct, and all but destroyed an ancient way of life that worked well enough on its own before being interfered with.